Intel’s MDS (ZombieLoad) CPU Vulnerabilities & Linode

May 15, 2019 1:39 pm

This week Intel publicly disclosed a group of processor vulnerabilities known as Microarchitectural Data Sampling (MDS), also referred to as “ZombieLoad”. MDS affects systems that host virtual machines from varying security domains and/or that the system owner does not fully trust, which includes Linode’s infrastructure and Linodes themselves. This guide has additional detailed information on these vulnerabilities as well as their mitigation.

We’ve started mitigation efforts and anticipate full mitigation of our fleet in the coming weeks. These mitigation efforts may require interruption to your running systems, but we will clearly communicate any scheduled maintenance or coordination required by our customers via Support ticket.

To address these vulnerabilities on your end, we’ve released a new kernel (5.1.2) with mitigations in place, so make sure you select this kernel in your Linode’s configuration profile, then reboot. If you are using a distribution-supplied kernel, you will need to upgrade your kernel accordingly. As always, you should also ensure your Linode is up to date and secured.

We’ll keep you updated here in the coming weeks as we proceed with our mitigation efforts.

Linode Toronto Data Center Now Available

April 30, 2019 12:55 pm

We’re excited to announce the opening of our newest data center in Toronto, Canada. Linode Toronto is our 9th global data center and will allow our Canadian customers to deploy cloud workloads on Canadian soil.

Roughly one-third of Canada’s developer community calls Toronto home, making it a natural fit for our newest data center and the tens of thousands of Canadian customers who rely on us. Toronto includes availability of all Linode features and services similar to our other data centers at standard Linode pricing. Additionally, it was built using our latest server builds and is connected to our global backbone.

Linode Toronto also satisfies the in-country data compliance requirements of the Canadian Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (“PIPEDA”) and Anti-Spam Legislation (“CASL”). For more information, please consult our Compliance, Terms of Service, and Privacy documentation.

Customers with Linodes in other data centers wishing to move to Toronto can clone them to the new facility. The cloning method is recommended since you’ll be able to stage your services on a new IP address before changing your DNS records. Alternatively, you can open a Support ticket and we can configure a migration for you. For new Linodes, simply choose “Toronto” as the location when creating your cloud instance.

And in case you missed it, we recently announced Dedicated CPU plans for CPU-intensive workloads like CI/CD, video encoding, machine learning, game servers, and busy application servers. Keep an eye out for more announcements on our upcoming India and Sydney data centers, Object Storage, Linode Kubernetes, One-Click Apps and more.

Now Available: Linode Rancher Integration

April 10, 2019 12:59 pm

We are happy to announce the new Linode integration for Rancher! Rancher is a free and open source tool that simplifies the deployment and management of Kubernetes clusters. Instead of using command-line tools to access your clusters, Rancher’s web interface provides a logical presentation of all of your deployments, services, and other cluster objects, and you can edit and scale your clusters with the click of a button.

The Rancher web interface also offers a simple method for launching apps on your clusters, and it comes packaged with an impressive catalog of curated apps to choose from. These apps can be deployed as individual solutions, or used together in a more complex service architecture.

Under the hood, Rancher leverages the Linode Docker Machine driver to create new cluster nodes on Linode. There’s a lot of technical wizardry that powers this integration, but it’s all in service of making Kubernetes more accessible. If you’re the type of user that wants to be able to drop down into the CLI and dig deep into your Kubernetes manifests, Rancher provides easy ways to do that too.

We’ll be working with Rancher Labs this year to make this experience even better. If you want to deploy Rancher on Linode, we’ve written a guide that walks you through:

If you already have a cluster running on Linode, you can import it into Rancher too. If you’re already a Rancher user, try turning on the Linode integration and testing out a new cluster on our platform. Rancher has built-in support for Multi-Cluster Applications, which can ease the adoption of a multi-cloud strategy that incorporates Linode.

As always, we’d love to hear any feedback you have. If you’d like to participate in the continued development of our Rancher integration, our engineering team is active on both the Rancher Slack, and the Kubernetes Slack (where you’ll find us in the #linode channel).

2019 Spring Events

March 25, 2019 12:39 pm

Our spring 2019 events calendar is growing bigger by the minute! Check out the list of conferences and events we’ll be attending over the next few months, and make sure to stop by if we’ll be in your area!

Seattle, WA | April 8-12

More than 3,000 of the world’s top Drupal contributors, influencers, and organizations will be at DrupalCon Seattle. Join us for this opportunity to access and engage with the decision makers and minds who make Drupal happen, and make sure to stop by our lounge to recharge and grab some swag!

WITS Northeast
Philadelphia, PA | April 12-13

Get support from the community of women working in technology. This conference brings together women at every level, from students to senior executives, to connect, educate and inspire through events across the United States. We look forward to seeing you there!

ETE Conference
Philadelphia, PA | April 23-24

Entering its 12th year, the Emerging Technologies Conference has brought the leaders of the open source community to Philadelphia to teach about their projects, their work and how these technologies are changing software development. We look forward to being a part of it this year and supporting our local community!

LinuxFest Northwest
Bellingham, WA | April 26-28

Back out to the West Coast we go for LinuxFest Northwest’s 20th Anniversary! LinuxFest NW is an annual Open Source event that features all things Open Source.. They have something for everyone from the novice to the professional!

Lead Developer NYC
New York, NY | April 30

The Lead Developer is an international conference for tech leaders to develop themselves and get inspired to empower their teams. If you’ll be there, make sure to stop by our booth to say hello and grab some free swag!

San Francisco, CA | April 30-May 2

DockerCon 2019 is a 3-day conference, where the Docker community comes to learn, share and connect with each other. We’re excited to be a sponsor again this year, and look forward to answering any questions you may have throughout the event!

Cleveland, OH | May 1-9

We’ll be rockin’ and rollin’ our way back to PyCon 2019 in Cleveland!
The conference is the largest annual gathering for the Python community.. Through PyCon, the Python Software Foundation advances its mission of growing the international community of Python programmers.

HUE Tech Summit
Philadelphia, PA | May 3

The HUE Tech summit is designed to educate, elevate and empower women of color technologists and techpreneurs in the Delaware Valley and beyond. We are thrilled to be a part of this mission and are looking forward to sponsoring for the first time this year!

Philly Tech Week
Philadelphia, PA | May 3-11

Philly Tech Week is a week-long celebration of technology and innovation happening throughout the Greater Philadelphia region. We’re proud to be the HQ for the kickoff of events this year, and look forward to being involved with many other events throughout the week! There’s something for everyone, so make sure to check out the full calendar of activities so you don’t miss out!

Philly Codefest
Philadelphia, PA | May 4-5

Philly Codefest is a free software and hardware hackathon that encourages students and professionals from all experience levels and backgrounds to work together to develop innovative solutions to help solve real-world challenges. Join us there for a chance to win some awesome prizes!

Red Hat Summit
Boston, MA | May 7-9

This will be our second year in attendance at Red Hat, and we couldn’t be more excited! Don’t forget to stop by our booth to ask any questions you may have, and to grab a free shirt along the way!

Entrepreneur Expo (Philly StartUp Leaders)
Philadelphia, PA | May 8

Philly Startup Leaders’ Entrepreneur Expo is the largest annual showcase of tech companies in Philadelphia. The Entrepreneur Expo has been an official event of Philly Tech Week since its launch 9 years ago, and we are proud to be a sponsor!

Philadelphia, PA | May 10

Drupaldelphia is an annual camp held in Philadelphia for the open source content management platform, Drupal. The event attracts developers, site-builders, content administrators, designers, and anyone interested in using Drupal in their organization or upcoming project. Join us there!

KubeCon Europe
Barcelona, Spain | May 20-23

We’ll be traveling to Europe for our first international conference in Barcelona!
The Cloud Native Computing Foundation’s flagship conference gathers developers and users from leading open source and cloud native communities. Join Kubernetes, Prometheus, Envoy, CoreDNS, OpenTracing, Fluentd, gRPC, containerd, rkt, CNI, Jaeger, Notary, TUF, Vitess, NATS, Linkerd, Harbor and etcd as the community gathers for four days to further the education and advancement of the container space.

Texas Linux Fest
Irving, TX | May 31- June 1

Texas Linux Fest is the first statewide annual community-run conference for Linux and open source software users and enthusiasts from the Lone Star State. Whether you use free software and Linux at home, in your place of business, in your school or non-profit, or you are simply curious, Texas Linux Fest offers something for you. We’re excited to attend, and of course, chow down on some delicious BBQ!

San Jose, CA | June 10-13

The 2019 Velocity program will cover everything from Kubernetes and devops to observability and performance to give you a comprehensive understanding of applications and services—and stay on top of the rapidly changing cloud landscape. Learn new skills, approaches, and technologies for building and managing large-scale, cloud native systems, and connect with peers to share insights and ideas. We can’t wait to see you there!

Charlotte, NC | June 14-16

The SouthEast LinuxFest is a community event for anyone who wants to learn more about Linux and Open Source Software. It is part educational conference and part social gathering. SELF is the place to learn, to make new friends, to network with new business partners, and most importantly, to have fun!

Developer Week NY
New York, NY | June 17-20

DevWeekNY is New York City’s Largest Developer Conference & Expo. Join 3,000+ developers, devops pros, and executives and discover the latest in App Development, DevOps, Dev Management, and FinTech Dev. We look forward to seeing you all in the Big Apple!

National DevOps Conference UK
London, UK | June 18-19

The National DevOps Conference is targeted towards C-level executives interested in learning more about the DevOps movement and its cultural variations that assist, promote and guide a collaborative working relationship between Development and Operations. This will be our first year in attendance, and we are super stoked to see all that London has to offer!

We are also a proud supporter of:

Bitcamp 2019
Citrus Hacks
Ridge Hacks
DefHacks NYC
HS Hacks V

Introducing: Linode Dedicated CPU Instances

February 5, 2019 2:05 pm

Introducing our newest compute instance type: Dedicated CPU Instances

Dedicated instances are optimized for workloads where consistent performance is required or where full-duty work (100% CPU all day, every day) needs doing. This includes build boxes, CI/CD, video encoding, machine learning, game servers, databases, data mining, and busy application servers.

The underlying CPU resources for these instances are dedicated and shared with no one else. A Dedicated Linode’s vCPU threads are assigned exclusively to cores and SMT threads on the hypervisor, and there is no sharing or competing for these resources with other Linodes.

We’ve priced these plans to be very competitive and we think they’re a pretty darn good value.

*This table was updated to increase the storage available on our Dedicated CPU plans in celebration of our 16th birthday.

Visit the pricing page for full details and our entire pricing lineup.

Dedicated Instances are immediately available in all regions. You can create new Dedicated Linodes or resize existing ones into a Dedicated plan. Please note that Frankfurt and Atlanta have reduced availability – however we have literally hundreds of machines being installed in all locations throughout coming weeks.

What’s coming next from Linode? New hosting centers in Canada, India, along with Object Storage, Linode Kubernetes and more.


2019 Winter Events

January 29, 2019 9:18 am

The dreaded days of winter can be rough. It’s a good thing we’ll be all over the place the next few months to get us through those winter blues! Check out the list of events below to see where we’re headed, and don’t forget to stop on by to say hello if you’ll be in town!


AppSec Cali
Santa Monica, CA | January 24-25

We won’t be in attendance for this one, but, we’re proud to be a sponsor of AppSec Cali! The event is a one of a kind experience for information security professionals, developers, pentesters, and QA testing professionals from around the world, to gather at the beach to learn and share knowledge and experiences about secure systems and secure development methodologies.


Philadelphia, PA | February 1

Our first attended event of the year will be taking place right in our backyard, at Drexel University! Join us at this Information Security Conference to create awareness for security topics within the Philadelphia region. Become part of a conversation that includes researchers, professionals, and practitioners alike. We’ll see you there!


Philadelphia, PA | February 2 -3

Jumping one campus over, join us at Upenn for PennApps, also known as the original college hackathon! Both beginners and experts alike will work together, learn, and compete to become better engineers and work on awesome projects. We’ll be there helping out. We look forward to seeing the amazing ideas everyone comes up with.


Philadelphia, PA | February 8-9

Next up we’ll be headed to FemmeHacks, Philly’s first all-women collegiate hackathon! FemmeHacks is a beginner-friendly hackathon whose goal is to inspire, teach, and empower women in the Philly tech community. We love it when women inspire each other and we’re excited to see how the weekend unfolds.


Nashville, TN | February 9-10

Making our way down south, we’ll be headed to Nashville to discuss all things Python. PyTennessee is a developer-focused Python conference with talks ranging in skill level  from beginner to advanced, and on topics from web development to data science and machine learning. It’ll be a busy two days full of keynotes, speaking sessions, professional development, and more, and we can’t wait to be a part of it all!  


DeveloperWeek SF
SF Bay Area | February 20-24

Next up we’ll be headed to the West Coast for Developer Week in the SF Bay Area. Join us and 8,000+ developers, engineers, software architects, dev teams, managers and executives from 70+ countries as we discover the latest in developer technologies, languages, platforms, and tools. We’ll be there all week so make sure to come drop on in and say hi!


Net/Work Philly
Philadelphia, PA | February 26

It’s back to Philly for us for the NET/WORK event. NET/WORK is a technology job fair showcasing vibrant companies seeking talent, and talented people seeking work. If you’ve ever dreamt of working for Linode, now’s your chance! We’ll have a booth and our recruiting team there to help fill our open positions. Can you say a dream come true?


Online | March 6

Taking a little break from travelling, you can meet us online at LaraCon on March 6. You’ll be able to take part in a full day of talks featuring some of Laravel’s brightest minds, all while being able to stream them directly from the comfort of your home or office. Interested in listening in? Tickets are only $12! Or, you can also enter to win one of our free virtual tickets we’re giving away on the LaraCon website! We’ll see you on the web!


SCaLE 17x
Pasadena, CA | March 7-10

We’re back to the West Coast for SCaLE 17x, the largest community-run, open-source, and free software conference in North America. For 5 years we have been a sponsor of this event, and every year we love attending! Make sure to drop by our booth for some free swag, giveaways, and more.


Austin, TX | March 8-18

Up next, we’re off to keep Austin weird at the SXSW conference! The conference focuses on the forward-thinking innovations of today and what experts and innovators project will be trending tomorrow. This is our first year at SXSW and we can’t wait to take part in all of its festivities!


New York, NY | March 18 – 22

It’s back to the East Coast for us to attend Postgres Conference in the Big Apple! PostgresConf is the largest annual gathering for the Postgres Ecosystem, and is a week-long series of events centered around People, Postgres, and Data. We’re excited to be a part of it this year, and look forward to seeing you there!


Apache Roadshow
Fairfax, VA | March 25

Making our way down the East Coast, we’re off to D.C. for the ApacheDC Roadshow. With one day, two rooms, twelve presentations, two keynotes, and a career fair, it’s sure to be a jam-packed day of events! Topics include Apache and Center for Assurance Research Engineering Projects, Open Source Software in Government, CyberSecurity, and Career Development. Who’s excited?


We’re also proudly supporting:

SB Hacks | 1/11-1/13 | Santa Barbara, CA
StarterHacks | 1/12-1/13 | Waterloo, Canada
SpartaHacks V |  1/18-1/20 | Michigan
SwampHacks|  1/18-1/21 | Florida
TreeHacks | 1/18-1/20 | Stanford, CA
HackPennsylvania | 1/19-1/20 | State College, PA
RoseHack | 1/19 | California
Hack36 | 1/25-1/27| India
PixelHacks | 1/26-1/27 | California
SLO Hacks | 2/1-2/3 | San Luis Obispo, CA
Auburn Hacks | 2/2-2/3  | Auburn,AL

FemmeHacks | 2/2-2/3 | Philadelphia,PA
PennApps | 2/2-2/3 | Philadelphia,PA
Hacklahoma| 2/9-2/10 |Oklahoma
HopHacks| 2/15-2/17 | Baltimore, MD
PioneerHacks | 2/16-2/27 | Santa Clara, CA
HackTCNJ | 2/23-2/24 | Ewing, NJ

PickHacks | 3/1-3/3 | Missouri

HackTech | 3/1-3/3 | Pasadena, CA
Omni Hacks | 3/2-3/3 | Fremont, CA
HackPRI | 3/16-3/17 | Tory, NY
Hack in the North | 3/29-3/31 | India
CrimsonHacks | 3/30 | Alabama
LA Hacks | 3/29-3/31 | Los Angeles, CA
Linghacks (Hack+) | 3/30-3/31 | Fremont, CA

Linode Community Update – November 2018

November 28, 2018 3:33 pm

At Linode, we consider our user community to be one of our greatest assets. If you’ve been following our journey since the launch of the Linode Community Site, you’ve probably seen and felt the ways in which our user community is growing. We want to take some time to talk about some of the great things that have come since, and recognize your contributions to its value and success.

To start, since launch, we have over 18,000 established user profiles on the Community Site, which includes over 15,000 user profiles that we migrated from the phpBB community forum. As we mentioned in our initial blog post, we migrated 15 years of forum history to the Community Site, which included over 10,000 posts and over 50,000 responses. Since then, we’ve seen thousands more questions and answers posted by users like yourself, having conversations on topics ranging from general Linode-related questions to more specific questions about Linux and related applications.

We also want to mention some of the newer features that we’ve added to the Community Site since it launched.

In March, we improved the Markdown functionality, which allows users to better format questions and answers. In April, we added new sorting options, and in May we improved further, allowing users to find unanswered questions and be the first to share their own knowledge on the wide range of topics being discussed. Linode Staff can now pin topics, making recent, more relevant discussions easily discoverable. In June, we added the ability for users to @mention others, similar to what you’d find in popular chat applications and social networks. Users that are mentioned will receive a notification within the new Linode Cloud Manager, and from there, they will be able to jump right into the conversation. Most recently, in September, we added the ability for users to share a little love in the form of “likes” for questions and answers posted by others. We’ve also included the Community Site as a resource in the “Get Help” page of the new Linode Cloud Manager.

We’ve come a long way since launch and we have even bigger plans for the Community Site that we’ll be revealing in the coming months. In the short term, look for changes to the search functionality, which we’re looking to enhance using predictive search. We’re also planning to integrate Community Site search within the “Get Help” page of the new Linode Cloud Manager, as well as likes and email notifications to keep you in the loop with conversations that are important to you.

Our foundation here at Linode has been built in large part by your conversations with us, your enthusiasm for being a part of our journey and your insight into ways we can do better. This Community Site is our way to give back and help you grow too. We hope this resource will be a place for you to ask questions, find answers, and exchange ideas and information with other users like yourself. We’re really excited about the progress we’ve made so far, and we want to thank you for being a big part of that.

So, thank you!

As always, we welcome your feedback about how we can improve the Community Site and our platform further.

Now Available: Linode Terraform Provider

October 30, 2018 9:53 am

We are excited to announce the official release of the Linode Terraform Provider. As official maintainers of the provider, we will continue to support and develop it in collaboration with our partner HashiCorp.

Terraform is a popular open source infrastructure as code tool that’s quickly becoming the industry standard for infrastructure automation. With it, you can define, build, deploy, and change cloud infrastructure and related services.

The Linode Terraform provider allows customers to create and manage:

  • Linode Instances
  • Block Storage Volumes
  • Domains
  • NodeBalancers
  • Images, StackScripts, and SSH Keys

Terraform can also be used to manage hundreds of other web services including New Relic, CloudFlare, or PagerDuty.

Getting Started with Terraform

We’ll be adding support for more Linode resources in the coming months along with more guides and sample configurations. Here are a few helpful resources to get you started.

For a walkthrough on installing and creating a Linode with Terraform, read the Use Terraform to Provision Linode Environments guide.

The provider documentation can be referenced for help with any of the resources and their parameters.

On GitHub, you will find the source, change log, and an in-depth example that creates a scalable Linode web cluster backed by Linode NodeBalancers, Domains, and Block Storage Volumes. If you encounter any problems, open an issue on Github.


Block Storage Now Available in Tokyo 2

October 8, 2018 11:28 am

Many of you have been waiting for this one, and we are happy to announce that Block Storage is now available in ap-northeast (Tokyo2)!

Here is our current matrix of availability:

Data Center Availability
us-east (Newark) Available Now
us-central (Dallas) Available Now
us-west (Fremont) Available Now
eu-central (Frankfurt) Available Now
ap-south (Singapore) Available Now
ap-northeast (Tokyo2) Available Now
eu-west (London) Available Now

To get started with Block Storage today, feel free to take a look at the Block Storage product page as well as the getting started guide.

2018 End of Year Events

September 18, 2018 9:58 am

As the hazy days of Summer draw to a close, we find ourselves Fall-ing into a busy conference schedule. Check out the list below to see all the areas we are heading to. Come for the swag and promo credit, stay for the friends you meet along the way. We hope to see you as we hit the road this season!

Asbury Agile – October 5th 

We’re crossing the bridge and heading up the parkway to Asbury Park, New Jersey for Asbury Agile. Looking forward to a day of workshops with some of tech’s great minds. We wouldn’t be opposed to a little Bruce Springsteen either. We are sponsoring the Happy Hour again so come on over, have a drink and hang out with some Linodians.

PyGotham – October 4th-6th

From New Jersey, we move on up to the East Side, to a deluxe conference in the sky. We are excited to be in the Big Apple at the Hotel Pennsylvania. PyGotham has stayed true to its roots by being for developers and run by developers. We’re excited to see what they have planned for their 7th year. Don’t forget to swing by the Linode booth to see what cool stuff we brought for you!

Node+Js Interactive – October 10th-12th

We’re grabbing our passports and heading to Vancouver for Node+JS Interactive. Join us for two days of talks, collaboration, and all things JavaScript. We’ll be there with our industry best soft t-shirts and other swag as well as promo credit. Stop by to talk with the team about Linode and how it can work for you!

Ohio Linux Fest – October 12th-13th

Here we go again on our own, going down the only road we’ve ever known to Columbus Ohio, for the 16th annual Ohio Linux Fest. What’s that you say? A grassroots conference for the GNU/Linux/Open Source Software/Free Software community? Featuring attendees and presenters from all over the United States, nay the world? Sign us up! We look forward to hearing all things Open Source and chatting with fellow Linux users.

DjangoCon – October 14th – 18th

You stay classy, San Diego, because we’re coming to town for DjangoCon. As the leaves change, and the temperature begins to venture into hoodie weather, we’ll be taking our talents to the West Coast. Stop by the Linode booth to gear up in a super soft tee shirt and some of our other swagalicious items. We look forward to seeing you on the left coast.

RGB Lan October 19th-21st

Do you like video games? Do you like charity? Do you like not sleeping? Then come on down to RGB Lan, which is only a hop, skip, and a jump from our Philly office. We will be sponsoring this 48-hour endeavor for the first time this year and rumor has it there may even be some prizes. Don’t miss out!

All Things Open – October 21-23rd

We had a blast at All Things Open last year and are really excited to join again this year. Come explore open source, open tech and the open web in enterprise in lovely Raleigh, North Carolina. Worried you’ll get some Carolina BBQ on your shirt? Don’t worry, we will have plenty to give out to any and all comers who visit the Linode booth.

HashiConf – October 22nd-25th

HashiCorp presents its annual user and tech conference in San Francisco. We hear there is going to be a Full House…get it…because Full House was in San Francisco. Bad jokes aside, we are excited to experience HashiConf for the first time. Come on by, say hello, grab some swag, get promo credit and make a friend. We’re nice, we swear!

LISA18 – October 28th-31st

The Linode train is going to keep rolling on into the Music City! Nashville. LISA is the shining city on the hill for operations professionals and we are excited to attend. Show us some of that southern hospitality and visit the Linode booth to say hello.

Developer Week Austin – November 6th-9th

Everything is bigger in Texas and Developer Week is no exception. Developer Week is Austin’s largest developer trade show. Is Austin the coolest city on our Fall tour? We certainly can’t say definitively, but what better place to talk all things tech? Meet us at the Salt Lick after the show and we can eat BBQ until we fall asleep. See you there!

BarCamp – November 10th

BarCamp Philly calls itself the “unconference” – a day of programming collaboratively built by the people, for the people being  held for its 11th year in our home, the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia. What else needs to be said? Talk tech, get a cheesesteak, see the sights and visit us at BarCamp!

KubeCon / CloudNative Con – December 9th-14th

Be there or be square. As winter descends on our East Coast home, we will be crossing this great country to visit the birthplace of grunge music in Seattle! Bring your flannel shirts, your questions, and a bag to bring home all the cool stuff. This is Cloud Native Computing Foundation’s flagship conference and brings together a diverse array of people from within the open source and cloud native communities. We hope to see you there.